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Hethertons Services for Businesses - March 2019

Welcome to the latest edition of the Hethertons Solicitors newswire for Businesses, which is designed to keep you up to date with what is happening within our firm and abreast of the latest changes in industry.

Hethertons Solicitors has been providing advice to businesses in and around York and North Yorkshire for more than 70 years. Despite our long and illustrious history, we are a forward-thinking firm with our finger on the pulse of the modern world of business.

We hope you enjoy reading our latest newswire and find it informative.

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 What if... I want to employ someone from the EU after Brexit?


As Britain prepares to leave the EU, there is much uncertainty surrounding what leaving the EU will mean for you and who you can employ.

What will change? Even if there is a ‘no-deal’ scenario the rights and status of EU citizens currently living in the UK will remain the same until at least 31st December 2020.

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Chancellor wants to tackle late payments in the UK


Currently, in the UK, late payments are a serious issue, especially for small medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who have to chase invoices from large suppliers, thus causing a disruption in the channel with resellers.

According to research conducted by Bacs Payment Schemes (Bacs), the costs SMEs face in collecting late payments are estimated to go up to £6.7 billion.

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Government announces plans to change legislation surrounding NDAs


The Government has announced that the use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) and other forms of gagging orders to prevent workers from reporting discrimination, harassment and crimes will face changes in legislation to protect victims.

Under the new crackdown, there will be clarification that confidentiality clauses, including those which involve a cash payout, cannot prevent whistle-blowers from speaking to the police or disclosing information in any criminal proceedings.

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Bosses set to face tougher sanctions under CMA overhaul


The Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) is set to gain more powers to impose tougher fines and bans on bosses who breach consumer law.

Lord Tyrie, chairman of the CMA will announce a series of reforms to its role and remit.

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Thousands yet to register for EORI number, figures show


Just 17 per cent of businesses who trade with the EU have registered for an Economic Operator and Registration Identification (EORI) number, new figures have revealed.

The report, published by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), shows that as few as 40,000 businesses have registered for an EORI number since October, when letters were issued reminding businesses to apply.

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Five employment law changes to look out for this April


April is set to bring with it a fresh batch of employment law developments that employers must be aware of, and adapt to, in order to remain compliant.

As the month draws ever closer employers will need to be wary of these impending changes and it would be wise to dedicate time over the coming weeks to proactively prepare for these new requirements.

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